“There is a longstanding body of psychological evidence that shows that lecturing people that they are wrong, listing a bunch of facts that conclusively demonstrate that, and busting the myths spread by irresponsible political opponents not only fails to change minds, it makes people more fixed in their views.” These words of Sonia Sudha in her recent Guardian article, ‘Outrage makes you feel good, but doesn’t change minds,’ set me on a contemplation course like self-help books used to do once upon a time.
When the contemplation was over I spoke to a few friends over phone, something which I hardly do these days. I had chosen relative solitude for a huge variety of reasons one of which is erosion of trust in people. The phone conversations turned out to be quite rewarding unlike what I had expected. The friends were candid in telling me that my political views are out of tune with popular moods or things similar. In short, I wasn’t achieving anything good by writing them.
There are good friends still, I thought. I mean it’s so hard to find people who are not politically correct even while talking to friends. And I’m lucky. I put Sonia Sodha’s observation and those of my friends together and decided to stay from current politics for a while as far as blogging is concerned. I can do better with books and other really worthwhile stuff. You might even find me writing blogs for some insurance companies which are ready to pay for the publicity.
[Not a permanent decision, however]